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Use the Time Wisely

Here we are….2016…first full week of a new year.  Time to put away Christmas, 2015.  Time to get back to the routine of everyday life.  Time to put those resolutions to work.  Time to plunge into all of the disciplines that you have decided to really apply in 2016 for sure….did I hear someone say, “maybe” I will?

Well, whatever your daily tasks require and whatever things you choose to begin in 2016, the facts are we all have the same, level playing field when it comes to time. No one has more than 168 hours in a week.  No one has more than 7 days a week and no one will have more than 12 months this year.  The difference will be in how each of us chooses to spend the most costly commodity we have…time.  If one loses a job, another one can be found.  If one loses money, wise saving and hard work can get new money from wages or investments. If one loses “the battle of the bulge”, right exercise and dieting can bring that back to a better physique.  But, if we throw away time, it will never be recovered.  Once an hour, day, or week has passed, we cannot rewind and have a “do over”. No matter “how great” we did on a given day, or how awful a single day was in the journey, it is forever recorded and never to be repeated.  Use time wisely.  It is a great gift and a tragic loss is wasted.

As you begin this new year, have you ever thought about the names of the months that measure our days and categorize activities by roughly “30 day” cycles?  Where did the names come from?

In the ancient calendar used by the Romans, from which our calendar was created, the name of each month had a meaning. For example the month of February was so named because that was the time of the year for a feast called Februa. Some of the months were named for the false gods that the Romans worshiped. March was named after Mars, the god of war. April comes from “aperire” which is Latin for “to open” (buds)

 May was probably derived from the goddess Maia. June was named after the goddess Juno. The months July and August were named, respectively, after Julius Caesar and his successor, Caesar Augustus. September, October, November, and December were named for the numbers seven, eight, nine, and ten in the Latin language. That was the order in which those months fell in the Roman calendar. 

One month in the ancient Roman calendar that had an especially descriptive name was January. The Latin word “janua” means “a door or window from which a person may look both ways”, in other words, in and out–forward and back. Historians say that January is also derived from the name “Janus”, a common household god among the Romans. He was often depicted facing in two directions. Basically, he was looking forward and back. As we stand at the doorway to the month of January and a new year we naturally look back over the way we have come. We also naturally look ahead to the new year and where we are going. As we celebrate this time of the year, we look at the year that has past and the year that lies ahead. (copied).

Whatever you do in each of those months this year, do all to the glory of God!